Memorable Police Moments of 2017

The Pioneer and Herald Review receive daily and weekly logs from local police departments with calls and complaints handled by officers. Throughout the year, we kept a running list of some of the more interesting incidents. Here are the highlights:

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 – Reed City Police Department

Officers were dispatched to local residence regarding an odd or suspicious 911 call in which the woman stated her husband had thrown her lasagna out the front door. Officers were requested to do a well-being check on the 60-year-old female who made the call. Officers found the woman and her husband to be fine although both were intoxicated. The lasagna had been thrown out the front door after a verbal argument because warming it up was making too much noise. Officers left after advising the two to sleep in separate rooms for the night.

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 – Big Rapids Department of Public Safety

Officers handled a civil complaint at 5:18 p.m. on the 700 block of Maple Street. A woman wanted to know how to use her cellphone to block a friend from talking to her on Facebook.

Monday, March 6, 2017 – Big Rapids DPS

Officers took a complaint from a woman who reported a man stole her marijuana in 2012.

Friday, March 10, 2017 — Big Rapids DPS

Officers were dispatched at 9:14 p.m. to the the 100 block of Sanborn Avenue for an intoxicated female sitting in the passenger seat of a pickup truck that did not belong at the residence. Officers found a 42-year-old woman sitting in the vehicle. She was quite intoxicated and could only tell officers that a friend drove her to the home to look for her children. Contact was made with her daughter and friend, who responded to pick her up. Contact also was made with the registered owner of the truck, who thought his truck was still parked in City Lot 4 where he had left it, unlocked with the key in it. The video was reviewed and a canvas of the area done. It is unknown who drove the truck from Lot 4. The truck was turned over to the owner at the scene. The incident remains under investigation.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – Big Rapids DPS

Officers received a complaint of a runaway 9-year-old child. The boy was found riding his Razor scooter onto northbound U.S. 131.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 – Big Rapids DPS

Officers were called about a civil complaint on the 300 block of Morrison Avenue. The caller was upset that after he moved out his old roommates threw out his saline solution and toiletries.

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 – Reed City Police Department

Officers received a harassment complaint from a 30-year-old male. He told the officer he was getting numerous phone calls from an unknown caller. The officer explained to that it is very difficult to trace these calls and determine their location. He also noted that the calls appeared to have stopped, and suggested he call again if there were any further problems. Later that night, officers were dispatched to the man’s residence regarding a domestic in progress. He told the officer that his 20-year-old girlfriend had punched him in the face. She admitted she had become frustrated with him after finding out he had been cheating on her, and she punched him in the nose. Officers placed her under arrest and transported her to the Osceola County Jail where she was lodged without incident.

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 – Big Rapids DPS

Officers responded to a weapons complaint at 12:06 p.m. involving a 15-year-old who thought it would be funny to zap his sister's boyfriend with mace in the restaurant. The building was evacuated as people were having difficulty breathing. The complaint was forwarded to probate court.

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 – Big Rapids DPS

Officers received an animal control complaint at 5:36 p.m. on the 500 block of North State Street. A deer broke into the front door, then trashed the inside of an unoccupied apartment.

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 – Reed City Police Department

Officers observed a man walking down the street who stopped and began staring at the officer. Because it was late at night, the officer approached the man and asked why he stopped and stared at him. The man explained he was intoxicated and the patrol car was parked next to his house, so he was curious if the officers were going there.

Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 — Big Rapids DPS

Officers received a report of a man on the 800 block of Country Way who was being “generally creepy and making women feel uneasy around him.”

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 — Big Rapids DPS

A man reported the back window of his car was broken out while in the drive of his residence on the 600 block Rose Avenue between 10:30 p.m. the night before and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. He did have a Florida Gators plate on his vehicle the day before the game between Florida and Michigan. There are no suspects.

Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 — Big Rapids DPS

Officers were called about a missing woman at 8:46 p.m. at Parkview Village Apartments. The call came from the woman’s granddaughter. It was discovered the woman went to the casino with a friend.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 — Evart Police Department

Police were dispatched to a dispute involving a hot dog. Both parties agreed to go their separate ways.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 — Big Rapids DPS

Officers were called about a group of people wearing masks and carrying bats on the 500 block of South Michigan Avenue. The subjects were found to be making a music video.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 — Reed City Police Department

The school liaison officer was called to the GT Norman Elementary regarding a cat that had been found inside a student’s locker in her backpack. Unable to reach the parents, the officer was requested to attempt contact with the parents and return the cat. The student reported finding the cat on her way to school that morning and placed the cat inside her backpack, which she put in her locker. The cat was returned to its home.

Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 — Reed City Police Department

Officers were dispatched to perform a well-being check. The caller claimed there was a child yelling and screaming at a nearby residence. The responding officer spoke with the parents of the home and found the child had been playing and was acting like a dinosaur. The child then came out and began roaring like a dinosaur. Observing the child was fine, the officer left the scene.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 — Big Rapids DPS

Police received a fraud complaint at 5:41 p.m. on the 200 block of Maple Street. Workers said a man came into the store yesterday demanding a refund as he had found plastic in his food. A refund was given only to later find out the subject had never ordered food. Other businesses in town had a similar complaint Friday, but did not call to report it. The business did not want the matter investigated, but wanted to report it to make other businesses aware.

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 —  Reed City Police Department

Officers were dispatched to perform an area check at a local residence. The caller was concerned there might be a dryer fire as there appeared to be smoke coming out the vent of a neighbor's home. Officer found that the smoke was coming from a fire place, not a dryer fire.

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 — Reed City Police Department

While out on patrol, officers came upon a suspicious situation regarding an 18-year-old man. The subject was dressed in dark clothing and walking on the White Pine Trail. Due to past vehicle break-ins in the area, the officer stopped and questioned the young man. Although he had no ID, he was cooperative with the officer, who gave him a ride home. Once home his mother identified him. Officers then became aware the 47-year-old mother had a warrant for contempt of court out of a neighboring jurisdiction. She was then placed under arrest and transported to the Mecosta Central Dispatch to be handed over to an officer from the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety.

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 — Reed City Police Department

Officers were requested to take a complaint regarding the larceny of a Christmas yard ornament. The ornament is described as a dachshund in a Santa suit in a white sleigh. The matter is under investigation.

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 — Reed City Police Department

An officer received a call to check on a person who appeared to be intoxicated and was last seen face down in the snow. The responding officers arrived to find the man had left the scene without taking his personal items, including his whiskey.

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 — Big Rapids DPS

Police received a complaint of stolen laundry at 10:38 a.m. on the 300 block of North Michigan Avenue. Two pairs of jeans; two green, pullover shirts; six pairs of socks and underwear were stolen.